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  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Seals of Glacier Bay Lesson One: Flipper Feet

    Harbor seals hauled out on a beach in Glacier Bay as the tide rises.

    *What characteristics distinguish seals from sea lions?
    *How can careful observation lead to a better understanding of an animal?
    *How are seals and sea lions similar and different? 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Humpback Whale Tale

    *How do scientists record and analyze underwater sounds?
    *What can scientists learn about whales by listening to their sounds in the sea?
    *How can this information help scientists in their efforts to protect whales and other marine animals?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Acoustics 2: Echolocation in Action

    Killer whales use sound to find their prey.

    Focus Questions:
    How do marine mammals use sound?
    What are the most common human-made sounds heard in the ocean?
    How might vessel noise affect the behavior (feeding, diving, respiration, resting) of marine mammals?
    Why is studying underwater acoustics important to the survival of marine mammals?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Acoustics 1: The World of Underwater Sound

    Harbor porpoise in Glacier Bay

    Students begin this investigation by watching the seven-minute video, "Underwater Acoustic Monitoring." Students discuss their reactions to the video and then listen to sound clips of ocean animals and human-made sounds. This will familiarize them with sounds commonly heard in the ocean. This investigation demonstrates how humans and marine mammals rely on sound for communication and even survival.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans, Science and Technology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    marine mammals, underwater, ocean, acoustics, humpback whales, orca, alaska, marine biology, sound, Hearing, water
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Sea Otters in Glacier Bay

    Sea Otter in Glacier Bay

    Sea otters, once nearly eliminated by hunters, have made a spectacular comeback. Until recently, otters had not found their way into Glacier Bay. Now that has changed - presenting the National Park Service with a unique opportunity to understand more about the effect of the otters' return on the ecosystem.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Geography, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Science Standards: A) Science as Inquiry, C) Life Science, F) Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, G) History & Nature of Science. Mathematics Standards: Data Analysis and Probability. Geography: Environment & Society
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Seabirds of Glacier Bay

    Tufted Puffin

    This unit invites students to learn more about these important birds, especially those living in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. They will study the natural history of many of the seabirds of Glacier Bay, the habitats in which they live, and the pressures put on their lives by predators and humans.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, History & Nature of Science, Data Analysis & Probability, Environment & Society, The Uses of Geography
  • Right whale breaching

    This lesson is designed to teach students how to identify whales as marine mammals. The teacher will introduce the difference between baleen and toothed whales and increase the students understanding of the feeding method of baleen whales, and why Baleen whales are connected to Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology
    Keywords:
    North Carolina, whales, adaptations, endangered species, Cape Hatteras, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Pacific Halibut

    Halibut on the seafloor

    The Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is a popular fin fish that inhabits bays, estuaries, and the nearshore coast of Alaska. This white-fleshed, delicious fish supports both a commercial fishery and a personal use fishery in Alaska. In this unit, your class will discover the life stages, adaptations and economic importance of the Pacific halibut in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Marine Biology, Recreation Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, History and Nature of Science, Data Analysis & Probability, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Bears of Glacier Bay 1: Name That Bear

    Black bear with cub

    Students begin this investigation by watching the nine minute video, Bears of Glacier Bay. Tania Lewis, a researcher at Glacier Bay, interacts with local students to answer questions about the two bear species found in Glacier Bay. Students discuss their reactions to the video and then become researchers in a role play activity. As researchers, the students collect data to compare similarities and differences between people and bears at various stages of maturity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    bears, Brown Bear, black bear, habitat, Glacier Bay National Park, mammal, science, research, researcher, middle school
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    The Kelp Forest

    Kelp Forest in Glacier Bay

    Kelp forests promote marine biodiversity. In the absence of predators such as the sea otter, kelp forests can be decimated by grazers such as sea urchins. With the return of the sea otter to Glacier Bay, the kelp forests have returned. A wide variety of living creatures could not survive in the urchin barrens but thrive in the kelp forests.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Oceanography
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, History & Nature of Science, Data Analysis & Probability, Environment & Society, The Uses of Geography
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